As I grow in Christ, I am so grateful that the Lord caused a revolution in my viewpoint. I love my life. Gayle and I serve a wonderful church filled with sincere believers; I have a wonderful family that is loving, respectful, and responsible; and Gayle and I are in our early 60s with exceptional health, and we are at peace with life.

I woke up at 4:00 this morning with a desire to listen to the Word. I slipped out of bed and came downstairs and listened to four chapters from 1 Timothy. Afterwards, I felt so grateful for the freedom God has given me in my life.

Hosea 14:1-2 talks about how God provides healing for the repentant,

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for your sins have brought you down.

Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.
Say to him,
“Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
so that we may offer you our praises.

When he writes, “so that we may offer you our praises,” it helps me realize that being able to be thankful, to pray, to worship, and to be grateful, are gifts that so many never enjoy. Here I am in the early morning hours, with the cold wind blowing outside and everyone else in our home sleeping soundly in their comfortable beds, thanking God for his goodness. It’s a gift. It’s the fruit of repentance.

Every one of us who have come so far because of him have great reasons for celebration.

Repentance changes the way we think. And for that, I am grateful.


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